Artist Interview: “99’s” by Patty

Q:  I love the storytelling in “99’s”. What was your creative process in making the song?

Patty: the lyrics to 99 came to me while i was in my room wanting to make a more hype, classic hip-hop kinda song cause i was dropping lots of chill projects at the time. I wanted this song to be a good turn-up song so i made the hook simple and relatable cause everybody love their own gang, feel me? i love jamming out to music in the car with the homies and I wanted this song to be capable of that and carry that kind of energy. I wrote the first verse and the hook in a day or two but couldn’t finish the second verse for a cool minute so i eventually just sat on the song for a couple of months, threw it in the vault. few months later i got invited to a 25 street recording in Oakland and i put together the rest of the second verse in like half an hour, hopped in the booth, and that’s how the song was made.

Q: Did any real-life events occur in your life that inspired the “99’s”?

Patty: definitely, a lot my lyrics are inspired from events that have happened in my life, i try my best to not cap in my songs but of course there’s a few exceptions haha. This song in specific, I wrote it during a period where I was working almost everyday, kicking it wit the homies, and grinding on music so a lot of the lyrics were inspired or derived from that head space. My lyrics usually flow from whatever I got going on in my life at the moment. Like, I wrote the first line of the first verse “aye look homie my new vision without the new frames” cause I switched over to contacts after wearing glasses for like 10 years.

Q: Was there a pivotal moment in your life when you decided to follow your path as a musician?

Patty: This is might sound hella cliche but, i feel like it happened naturally. once i started truly understanding and dissecting the music i loved, it then led to me wanting to try and emulate it for myself. after couple years of just doing it for fun and not taking it too seriously, early 2020 i decided i wanted to make actual art & music. It was pretty good timing too cause I started to work on music for a 3-4 weeks and then the first wave of Covid-19 hit, so I was able to just be by myself and really shape my own craft.

Q: I love your delivery in “99’s”. Who are your biggest influences?

Patty: I’d say Joey Bada$$, Nafla, and Keep Hyo-Eun (both South-Korean rappers) have definitely influenced parts of my delivery, tone, and diction. I remember being drawn to the grit and toughness they all had in their voices when they would rap. Lyrically, I’d say Westside Boogie, J Cole, and Lucky Daye have really inspired me by showing a masculine yet poetic and vulnerable side in their music.

Q: What is coming up next for you?

Patty: More projects coming out of course, and I swear that they just keep getting better as I keep putting in the hours. Been tapping more into the classic rap and hiphop joint, some hyper-pop tracks, and some tracks mixed in with Korean, so keep an eye out for those. I only got a few more months till I graduate college so once I’m out of school, thats when it’s time to really put my foot on the gas, and make a name for myself.

Q: What would you like to tell your supporters out there?

Patty: I just want to thank all my supporters out there, especially the heads in Chile and Indonesia cause they been going crazy lately, I appreciate y’all for supporting my music cause to me these songs are my expression of art, my story. My hope for people that listen to my music is that they are able to feel the energy and emotion that I’ve woven into my songs. Whether that be relating to the lyrics and finding peace/comfort in the melodies or turning up with your homies while shouting the lyrics at the top of your lungs.

Interviewed by Katrina Yang




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